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MS-Contin Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is morphine (MS-Contin)?
- What are the possible side effects of morphine (MS-Contin)?
- What is the most important information I should know about morphine (MS-Contin)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using morphine (MS-Contin)?
- How should I use morphine (MS-Contin)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (MS-Contin)?
- What happens if I overdose (MS-Contin)?
- What should I avoid while using morphine (MS-Contin)?
- What other drugs will affect morphine (MS-Contin)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (MS-Contin)?
Since morphine is sometimes used as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
Extended-release morphine is not for use on an as-needed basis for pain.
What happens if I overdose (MS-Contin)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. An overdose of morphine can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include extreme drowsiness, pinpoint pupils, confusion, cold and clammy skin, weak pulse, shallow breathing, fainting, or breathing that stops.
What should I avoid while using morphine (MS-Contin)?
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking this medication. Dangerous side effects or death can occur when alcohol is combined with morphine. Check your food and medicine labels to be sure these products do not contain alcohol.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how morphine will affect you.
What other drugs will affect morphine (MS-Contin)?
Do not take morphine with any other narcotic pain medications, antidepressants, sedatives, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, or other medicines that can make you sleepy or slow your breathing. Dangerous side effects may result.
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use, especially:
- cimetidine (Tagamet);
- buprenorphine (Buprenex, Subutex);
- butorphanol (Stadol);
- nalbuphine (Nubain);
- pentazocine (Talwin); or
- a diuretic (water pill).
This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with morphine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about morphine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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- MS-Contin Drug Interactions Center: morphine oral
- MS-Contin Side Effects Center
- MS-Contin Overview including Precautions
- MS-Contin FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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